GEORGIAN

[George Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont, art collector.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Egremont') to Rev. J. Austen, explaining how he has lost £21000 owing to misrepresentation by Sir John Riddell, and discussing the state of the money market.

Author: 
Lord Egremont [George O'Brien Wyndham, 3rd Earl of Egremont] (1751-1837) of Petworth House, art collector and connoisseur, patron of J. M. W. Turner, agriculturalist, philanthropist [Rev. J. Austen]
Publication details: 
7 January 1828. Petworth.
£120.00

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. Franked in the usual manner 'Egremont', with postmark and broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, and addressed: 'Petworth Jany. Seventh 1828 | The Revd: J. Austen | Ockham | Ripley | Surrey'. An interesting letter, casting light on personal financial affairs in late-Georgian England. The letter has been forwarded by the recipient Austen to the individual who is clearly 'the Gentleman' referred to in it, addressed by Austen on the recto of the second leaf, with Ripley postmark, as 'John Smallpeice Esqr | Guildford'.

[Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Thos: Brodrick') to the Board of Ordnance, renewing a request for an armorer for his ship the Phoenix, 'now that I am going to Longreach and my Smallarms Coming on Board'.

Author: 
Vice Admiral Thomas Brodrick (died 1769), Royal Navy officer who served with distinction in the War of the Austrian Succession, the War of Jenkins' Ear and the Seven Years' War [Board of Ordnance]
Publication details: 
Deptford; 24 August 1743.
£150.00

For Brodrick's distinguished and eventful career, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, folio. In fair condition, aged and worn, with chipping to one edge carrying traces of grey paper mount, and closed tear at foot repaired on reverse with archival tape. Addressed at bottom left 'To the Honle: Board of Ordnance'. Reads: 'Gentlemen | I wrote you the 7th Inst: to desire that you would please to appoint an Armorer for his Majestys Ship the Phoenix under my Command and now that I am going to Longreach and my Smallarms Coming on Board I beg you Will appoint for me'. Endorsed: 'answer'd 26 August'.

[George, Viscount Townshend, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.] Manuscript 'Memorial of Michael Seix Gent:' to Townshend, 'desiring a Lieutenancy of Horse', endorsed with Townshend's Autograph Memorandum of his response.

Author: 
Field Marshal George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend [The Viscount Townshend] (1724-1807), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland [Michael Seix; Invasion of Guadeloupe, 1759, in the Seven Years' War]
Publication details: 
'presented to Lord Lieut. 21 Novr. [no year, but between 1767 and 1772].
£180.00

1p, folio.

[Sir Robert Liston, Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States.] Autograph Letter in the third person to 'Mr. Pole', regarding the repair of 'a large Pianoforte' by 'some person of skill and confidence'.

Author: 
Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), Scottish diplomat, British 'Envoy Extraordinary' (Ambassador) to the United States
Publication details: 
Millburn Tower [Ratho, Scotland]. 13 August [no year].
£45.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Written in a shaky but still elegant hand. Begins: 'Sir Robert Liston presents his Compliments to Mr. Pole, and begs leave to put him in mind of a promise he obligingly made some time ago, to come out and see this little place, and at the same time look at a large Pianoforte which Sir Robert is very anxious to have repaired, with the least possible delay.' He concludes by stating that 'it would be a great favour' if Pole could 'do this (or at all events) send some person of skill and confidence'.

Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), dramatist, judge, Radical politician.] Autograph Letter in third person [as 'Mr. Serjeant Talfourd'] to the actress Helen Faucit, sending best wishes on her illness while describing his contribution to her album.

Author: 
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), dramatist, judge, Radical politician, friend of Charles Dickens and Charles Lamb [Helen Faucit [Helena Saville Faucit, Lady Martin] (1817-1898), actress]
Publication details: 
3 Serjeant's Inn [London]. 9 January 1841.
£45.00

1p, 16mo. On 14 x 11 cm piece of paper, with margins apparently cut down. Aged, and with slight damage to two words of text caused by removal from mount.At the time of writing Faucit's successful career had been interrupted by the recurrence of a lung condition, necessitating recuperation at a seaside resort. She has evidently asked Talfourd to contribute to an autograph album, soliciting the following response: 'Mr.

[George Thomson, Scottish musician, folklorist, friend of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Go Thomson') to 'J. M. Muller Esq', regarding bringing 'Beethoven's Sonatas & Trios' to a dinner with Conrad Boisragon.

Author: 
George Thomson (1757-1851), Scottish musician, collector of folk songs, editor and friend of Robert Burns, grandfather of Charles Dickens's wife [Johann Martin Muller (1808-1843); Conrad Boisragon]
Publication details: 
'Baxter's place [Edinburgh] | No 4 Saty. 9 Novr' [1830s or 1840s].
£50.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'J. M. Muller Esq'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with closed tear along one of the two folds and slight creasing at foot, with a panel lacking from the second leaf. The recipient Johann Martin Muller published a few piece of music in Edinburgh in the 1840s.

[Macvey Napier, editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Macvey Napier'), inviting the recipient to dinner after not being able to see him due to his 'occupations during the winter'.

Author: 
Macvey Napier [born Napier Macvey] (1776-1847), Scottish jurist, editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Edinburgh Review, Professor of Conveyancing at the University of Edinburgh
Publication details: 
39 Castle Street [Edinburgh]. 26 March [no year].
£30.00

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with remains of stub adhering to edge on reverse. Folded twice. He begins by apologising that his 'occupations during the winter' have prevented him from seeing the unnamed recipient. If he is 'disengaged next Friday', Napier will be happy to see him 'at dinner at six o'clock, to meet a small party'. Laid down at the foot of the last page is a newspaper cutting of an article titled 'Death of Professor Napier'.

[12th (The Suffolk) Regiment of Foot.] Manuscript 'Assignment Offreckonings [sic]' to Messrs John, Nicholas & Brice Pearse, with Clothing Board certification, signed by 3 British Army Generals: William Picton, Sir William Fawcett, Sir David Dundas.

Author: 
General William Picton (c.1724-1811); General Sir William Fawcett (1727-1804); General Sir David Dundas (1735-1820); 12th (The Suffolk) Regiment of Foot; British Army; J. C. Pleydell
Publication details: 
'From 6th July 1800: | To 5th July 1801' With certification by three General Officers of the Clothing Board, from Horseguards [Whitehall, London], 18 November 1801.
£450.00

See E. A. H. Webb, 'History of the 12th (The Suffolk) Regiment, 1685-1913' (1914). Picton was the uncle of 'the illustrious Picton', Lt-Gen. Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815), who was his sole executor and residuary legatee. The year of Picton's birth is variously reported, but the Monthly Magazine, December 1811, is among several sources reporting his death in Bond Street at the age of 87. 4pp, folio. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and with closed tears along the three fold lines. Endorsed on reverse of second leaf: '12th.

[A Georgian burlesque of a ghost story.] Manuscript of 'The Ghost Story', signed by '[W Daniell?]' (William Daniell, RA?) or '[J W Daniell?] (James William Daniell, Librarian to William IV?), featuring a stage Irishman ('Emeralder'), 'O Reilly'.

Author: 
Georgian ghost story [by William Daniell (1769-1837), RA, artist? or James William Daniell (1773-1855), librarian to William IV?]; annuals; The Keepsake, London; Friendship's Offering; stage Irish
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but published in 'The Keepsake', London, 1835.
£320.00

39pp, 12mo. On twenty loose leaves removed from an album, each leaf with a stub still adhering along one edge, and the story paginated in manuscript 505-543. Signed at the foot of the final page. The signature is somewhat stylised and not entirely legible. It could read 'W Daniell', in which case it might be that of the artist William Daniell, RA. On the other hand, it may read 'J W Daniell', and be that of James William Daniell (1773-c.1855), librarian and steward of King William IV. The handwriting of the story and signature are certainly similar to those of J. W. Daniell.

[Thomas Gisborne, Anglican cleric and author, leading member of the abolitionist Clapham Sect.] Three Autograph Letters Signed to Archdeacon John Woodhouse, praising his edition of the Apocalypse, and discussing his own on 'Sunday Drilling'.

Author: 
Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846), Anglican cleric, leading member with William Wilberforce and Thomas Babington of abolitionist Clapham Sect [John Chappel Woodhouse (1749-1833), Archdeacon of Salop]
Publication details: 
All three from Yoxall Lodge. 24 February and 2 May 1806; and 25 June 1828.
£220.00

The three letters are in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with minor evidence of previous mounting in an album. ONE: 24 February 1806. 1p, 4to. Signed 'Thomas Gisborne.' The subject of the letter is Woodhouse's translation of the Apocalypse, prefixed by 'a dissertation on the divine origin of the book', published the previous year. Gisborne writes that on his 'return from Leicestershire' the previous Friday, he found Woodhouse's 'very obliging present'.

[William Buckler, painter and entomologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Buckler') informing 'Miss C. Fox' that the girl model he intended for her has not arrived.

Author: 
William Buckler (1814-1884), painter and entomologist
Publication details: 
'Wednesday afternoon' [no place or date].
£56.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Miss C. Fox'. In fair condition, on aged paper. Folded twice. From the context it would seem that Buckler was acting as the recipient's painting master. Begins: 'Madam | The little Girl which I intended as a Model for you this afternoon has not arrived (on account of the weather no doubt).' As a consequence he asks her to 'excuse my attendance today'. He will 'call and fix another day as soon as I have seen her'.

[Countess of Blessington (Marguerite Gardiner), Irish author and literary hostess.] Autograph Note in the third person to editor Samuel Carter Hall, wishing 'to consult him, about having an Enquiry executed'.

Author: 
Marguerite Gardiner [née Power], Countess of Blessington (1789-1849), Irish author and literary hostess, beauty and lover of Count d'Orsay [Samuel Carter Hall [S. C. Hall] (1800-1889), editor]
Publication details: 
'Saturday Evening' [no place or date, but on paper with watermarked date 1831].
£100.00

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. Addressed on reverse of the second leaf, with broken seal in red wax, 'To / | S. C. Hall Esqre | 59 Sloane Street'. In fair condition, on aged paper. Folded by Blessington into a diamond-shaped packet. Reads: 'Saturday Evening. | Lady Blessingtons Compts. To Mr Hall, and requests that he will call on her, as soon as may suit his convenience, as she wishes to consult him, about having an Enquiry executed.'

[Sarah Stickney Ellis, Quaker turned Congregationalist, author; education of girls]. Autograph Letter Signed ('Sarah S. Ellis') to her cousin John Burtt, regarding the new girls' school at Hoddesdon. With Autograph Note Signed by Burtt.

Author: 
Sarah Stickney Ellis [born Sarah Stickney] (1799-1872), Quaker turned Congregationalist, author of 'conduct books' on women's place in society [John Burtt]
Publication details: 
Rose Hill [Hoddesdon]. 23 April 1847.
£180.00

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with damage to second leaf apparently caused by opening of letter repaired with archival tape. Burtt is not named as recipient, but the following note at foot of recto of second leaf: 'This is a note from my cousin Sarah Stickney Ellis author of the Women of England addressed to me in the year 1847 | John Burtt'. The letter begins: 'My dear Cousin | I enclose with this some of our circulars, and would at the same express my sincere thanks for thy kind interest in our school.

[Sir Ralph Abercromby, Scottish soldier.] Autograph Signature ('Ra: Abercromby M:Gnl | Commanding 2d Brigade') to manuscript 'Return of Pay due to the Working Parties furnished by the 2d. Brigade of British Infantry' [fighting the French in Holland].

Author: 
Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801) of Tullibody, distinguished Scottish soldier and politician; Governor of Trinidad; Commander-in-Chief, Ireland; MP for Clackmannanshire [French Revolutionary Wars]
Publication details: 
'from the 21st. To 25th. June 1793. both days inclusive'
£250.00

Abercromby's entry in the Oxford DNB, explains the context: 'As a brigade commander in the ill-fated Flanders campaign of Frederick, duke of York, he played a prominent part in the fighting, notably in July 1793 at Valenciennes, where he directed the storming parties, and in September 1794 at Boxtel, where a young lieutenant-colonel, Arthur Wellesley, later duke of Wellington, underwent his baptism of fire while covering the withdrawal of Abercromby's forces.' 1p, 4to. On bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which is endorsed. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice.

[William Prout, physician and chemist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm Prout'), discussing with a fellow practitioner the treatment for diabetes of 'Mr Brown', and of Brown's wife.

Author: 
William Prout (1785-1850), physician and chemist, proposer of 'Prout's hypothesis' [Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), pathologist]
Publication details: 
Sackville Street [London]. 27 September 1846.
£120.00

4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with labels from mount adhering. Folded twice. The last four lines of the letter, and the name of the recipient (a fellow-practioner), have been deleted, and a newspaper notice of Prout's death has been laid down over this. An interesting letter, casting light on medical consultation and co-operation in Early Victorian London. The letter begins: 'Sir, | Your patient Mr Brown, in the absence of Dr Hodgkin, [the celebrated pathologist Thomas Hodgkin] authorised me to open your letter to Dr. H. containing some particulars of Mr B's case.

[Sir Edward Thornton, diplomat, as British Ambassador to Russia.] Autograph Signature ('Edwd. Thornton') to secretarial document, to T. W. Smyth of the West Hartlepool Shipowners Society, regarding 'excessive quarantine' at Russian Black Sea ports.

Author: 
Sir Edward Thornton (1817-1906), British Ambassador to the United States, Russia, and Ottoman Empire, Count of Cacilhas in the Portuguese nobility [ T. W. Smyth; West Hartlepool Shipowners Society]
Publication details: 
St Petersburg [Russia]. 17 September 1884.
£50.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with slight traces of glue from mount along inner edge of reverse of second leaf, which is endorsed and carries pencil notes. Folded once. Signed by Thornton, with the rest of the document in the hand of a secretary. The recipient is named as T. W Smyth Esq | West Hartlepool Shipowners Society'.

[Thomas 'Clio' Rickman, Quaker pamphleteer and friend of Thomas Paine.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Clio') regarding a common acquaintance, and naming his 'great friends' who have died.

Author: 
Thomas 'Clio' Rickman (1760-1834), Quaker publisher of political pamphlets, friend and biographer of Thomas Paine
Publication details: 
1 February 1831. No place.
£250.00

1p, landscape 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. The letter begins in lighthearted fashion, but soon turns sombre, with a list of Rickman's friends who have recently died. Reads: 'My dear Sir! Truth will out – The lady has been trying Bargain Tea all entire at 8s/. - this pleases me – so look to it! - I am confined to my room not so ill in health but I have lost great friends – Mrs. Hobson my best, dead – Mrs Thos. Rickman, dead – Mr. Gray dead, & some living ones have flown off, & all this cuts me up! - God bless you, & yours! | Clio'.

[Henry Fauntleroy, banker and forger.] Autograph Letter Signed ('H Fauntleroy') to Sir Cuthbert Sharp, written from Cold Bath Fields Prison a few weeks before his hanging at Newgate in front of a crowd of 100,000.

Author: 
Henry Fauntleroy (1784-1824), banker and forger, hanged before Newgate after a trial at the Old Bailey [Sir Cuthbert Sharp (1781-1849), soldier and antiquary]
Publication details: 
'C. B. Fields [i.e. Cold Bath Fields Prison, London] October 14th 1824'.
£500.00

See Fauntleroy's entry in the Oxford DNB. Although accounts of his depravity are exaggerated, Fauntleroy led a dissolute life, and appropriated securities worth around £360,000. During his trial at the Old Bailey he called seventeen merchants and bankers to testify to his integrity, but his defence was unsuccessful, and he was hanged outside Newgate, before a crowd of 100,000. The present item is 1p, 4to. Bifolium, addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Sir Cuthbert Sharp | &c &c', with endorsement.

[Mary Cowden Clarke, author and Shakespeare scholar.] Autograph Letter Signed thanking Dorothea Reader for a 'spirited sketch', and describing the 'choice company' in which she will place it. With a signed and dated studio photograph.

Author: 
Mary Cowden Clarke [Mary Victoria Cowden Clarke] (1809-1898), English author, Shakespeare scholar, daughter of Vincent Novello, wife of Charles Cowden Clarke, friend of John Keats and Charles Lamb
Publication details: 
Letter from Villa Novello, Genoa, 25 June 1892. Photograph by G. B. Sciutto e Co., Genoa; signed and dated by her to May 1873.
£200.00

LETTER: 1p, 12mo. Signed 'Mary Cowden Clarke'. In fair condition, lightly aged, with traces of glue from mount. The letter is addressed at the foot to 'Miss Reader.' It begins: 'Dear Dorothea | Accept my hearty thanks for the spirited sketch you have so kindly sent to me.

[Edward Moxon, publisher and poet, son-in-law of Charles Lamb.] Holograph 'Sonnet' on William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy, beginning 'There is in Rydal's vale a river sweet', signed 'Edward Moxon'.

Author: 
Edward Moxon (c.1801-1858), publisher and poet, son-in-law of Charles Lamb, associated with Wordsworth, Tennyson and the printers Bradbury and Evans
Publication details: 
London. 5 January 1847.
£450.00

See Moxon's entry in the Oxford DNB, which describes his association with William Wordsworth as 'arguably his most important publishing relationship'. The present poem was published as 'The Two Streams' in the 'Literary Souvenir' of Alaric Watts in 1830, a year before Moxon published his first volume of Wordsworth's verse. The present item is 1p, 4to. In good condition, lightly aged, and laid down on a leaf removed from an album. Folded three times. Entirely in Moxon's autograph, titled 'Sonnet', and signed at the end 'Edward Moxon | London Jan. 5th | 1847'.

[Admiral John Markham, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and First Naval Lord.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J Markham') to John Atkins, regarding the 'general drunken habits' of 'Mr [Miles] Burn', and the impossibility of reinstating him 'to his rank'

Author: 
Admiral John Markham (1761-1827), Royal Navy officer who served in the American and French Revolutionary Wars, Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty and First Naval Lord, MP for Portsmouth [Miles Burn]
Publication details: 
Admiralty [London]. 21 August 1806.
£100.00

The letter is 1p, 12mo, and is accompanied by the covering 8vo leaf, addressed to 'John Atkins Esqre | Duke Street | Westminster', with a second signature for franking. The covering leaf is endorsed: 'Admiralty August 21 1806 | Adml. Markham concerning Miles Burn that it would be impossible to get him reinstated'. Both letter and covering leaf in good condition, lightly aged and worn, with fold lines. Markham could hardly be more decisive.

[Gilbert White, naturalist.] Original Manuscript, said to have been dictated by White himself, of 'Gilbert White's statement' on the venomous properties of the toad, with eleven authorial emendations. Together with a series of thermometer readings.

Author: 
Gilbert White (1720-1793), naturalist and ornithologist, author of the celebrated 'Natural History of Selborne' (1789) [Thomas Bell (1792-1880), zoologist]
Selborne
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£3,500.00
Selborne

A very nice artefact of one of the best-loved books in the England language, Gilbert White's 'Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne', which at one point was claimed to be the fourth most-printed book after the Bible, Shakespeare, and Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress'. White's entry in the Oxford DNB concludes by describing the book as 'an expression of universal thanksgiving, treasured by all'.

[Anna Eliza Bray, historical novelist and author.] Autograph Letter Signed to Robert Spence, autograph hunter, regarding the autograph of her father-in-law, the artist Thomas Stothard.

Author: 
Anna Eliza Bray [née Kempe, later Stothard] (1790-1883), historical novelist and author, wife of Charles Alfred Stothard, son of artist Thomas Stothard
Publication details: 
The Vicarage, Tavistock, Devon. 19 June 1852.
£35.00

2pp, 16mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with traces of glue from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. She signs 'Anna Eliza Bray', and the letter is a response to a request of an autograph of the artist Thomas Stothard (1755-1834), father of her late husband Charles Alfred Stothard (1786-1821). She writes that she is 'much gratified' by Spence's 'appreciation of Mr. Stothard, not only as an Artist, but as a man: he was indeed truly estimable'.

[William Carleton, Irish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Wm. Carleton') to 'Mrs. Banks', responding graciously to a request for an autograph.

Author: 
William Carleton (1794-1869), Irish novelist and author
Publication details: 
Without date or place. On paper with embossed armorial 'C L B' letterhead.
£80.00

Carleton's controversial reputation is dealt with in his entry in the Oxford DNB. 1p, 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded twice. In response to a request for an autograph, he writes: 'My dear Mrs. Banks | You wish to have my humble name - You have however more than my name – You have my esteem and my highest respect – and I feel proud in [ratifying?] this by the subscription of Yours most faithfully and respectfully - | Wm. Carleton -'.

[John Galt, Scottish novelist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Galt') to William Stewart, regarding a reference to him in his 'Autobiography'.

Author: 
John Galt (1779-1839), Scottish novelist, author, entrepreneur and Secretary of the Canada Company [William Stewart, proprietor of the Courier newspaper]
Publication details: 
Old Brompton [near London]. 24 September 1833.
£80.00

Admired by both Scott and Byron, Galt's novels are, as his entry in the Oxford DNB states 'so accurate in their account of social change that historians such as G. M. Trevelyan have recommended them as authentic social history'. 1p, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, laid down on paper cut from leaf of an album. Folded twice. Addressed to 'Wm. Stewart Esqr.' The letter relates to Galt's 'Autobiography', published in the same year, in which Galt states that 'a visit from Mr. William Stewart, the principal proprietor', led to his appointment as editor of the Courier.

[William Brockedon, painter, writer, inventor, Alpine authority.] Lengthy commencement of Autograph Letter, regarding 'authors who have written about the Passage of Hannibal [over the Alps]', including Brockedon himself.

Author: 
William Brockedon (1787-1854), painter, writer, inventor, Alpine authority
Publication details: 
29 Devonshire Street, Queen Square [Bloomsbury, London]. 2 December 1835.
£80.00

2pp, 4to. Single leaf, carrying the commencement of the letter only. In good condition, lightly aged. The recipient, presumably a Frenchman, has written in ink in a close hand at the head of the letter: 'R. 20 fev. 1836 | par M. D. Jones, Ecrit le 29 juin 1837 | je l'invite a faire prendre mes deux ouvrages'. Over each of the thirty-one lines of text is an equivalent line of French translation in pencil. For the background see the quotation from Brockedon's Oxford DNB entry at the end of this description.

[William Farren, leading Georgian actor.] Joint (William & John) Autograph Letters Signed (both 'W. Farren') to George Smith of Yarmouth Theatre & his brother John, encouraging John to work on a play for J. R. Planché at the Olympic Theatre, London.

Author: 
William Farren (1786-1861), leading Georgian actor [James Robinson Planché (1796-1880), dramatist, antiquary and Somerset Herald; Olympic Theatre, London; George and John Smith of Yarmouth]
Publication details: 
30 Brompton Square [London]. 3 September [1838].
£120.00

Farren's entry in the Oxford DNB concludes by describing him as 'a theatrical sophisticate, equally at home in period comedy and modern plays; he was, besides, one of the finest actors of his century'. From around 1821 Farren lived with the actress Mrs Faucit (Harriet Elizabeth Savill, née Diddear, 1789-1857), with whom he had two sons. An excellent item, casting vivid light on the Olympic Theatre of Madame Vestris and J. R. Planché in its late-Georgian heyday.

[The Cato Street Conspiracy, 1820; Arthur Thistlewood and Lord Liverpool.] Printed handbill: 'Conspiracy | A Particular Account of the Treasonable Plot formed, for the destruction of His Majesty's Ministers!!!'

Author: 
The Cato Street Conspiracy, 1820; Arthur Thistlewood (1774-1820); Lord Liverpool, Prime Minister
Publication details: 
Pollock, Printer, North Shields. No date [March 1820].
£1,200.00

For information regarding the conspiracy to murder Lord Liverpool and his entire cabinet, see Thistlewood's entry in the Oxford DNB. A rare item, with no other copy found either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC, and intended for distribution in the streets of the North-East of England as the sensational news of the Conspiracy broke. In small print apart from the heading (which is in the usual mixture for the period of typefaces and point sizes, with fancy rules), on one side of a 42 x 13 cm strip of laid paper.

[Sir Henry Halford, President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter in third person to [G. J. Guthrie] President of the Royal College of Surgeons, explaining non-attendance at the coming Hunterian Oration.

Author: 
Sir Henry Halford [born Henry Vaughan] (1766-1844), Physician Extraordinary to George III, George IV, William IV and the young Victoria
Publication details: 
Curzon Street [London].14 February 1833.
£60.00

2pp, 12mo. In fair condition, aged, but with closed tear along inner edge of leaf caused by removal from mount, and affecting a couple of words of text. The letter reads: 'Sir Henry Halford assures the President of the Royal College of Surgeons that it grieves him to forgo the pleasure of being present at the Hunterian Oration today, and of waiting upon Him at dinner, but a most important engagement at King's College to meet the Council at half past two compels Sir Henry to relinquish his fixt intention -'.

[Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal, as Solicitor General.] Autograph Letter Signed ('N. C. Tindal') to [Lord Lyndhurst] Lord Chancellor, proposing his friend Rev. T. Foord Bowes for the living of Thwing, Yorkshire. With Lyndhurst's autograph endorsement.

Author: 
Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal (1776-1846), judge, Chief Justice of Common Pleas [Lord Lyndhurst [John Singleton Copley, 1st Baron Lyndhurst] (1772-1863), Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain]
Publication details: 
No place or date. [November 1827,]
£65.00

Tindal is notable for defending Queen Caroline in her 1820 adultery trial, and for introducing the special verdict 'Not Guilty by reason of insanity', in the case of Daniel M'Naghten. The letter is undated, but Tindal states that it was a written a week after the death of Rev. John Kirk, Rector of Thwing, which took place on 6 November 1827 (see Kirk's death notice, Gent. Mag., November 1827). 3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn. Folded four times. Tindal begins his letter: 'My dear Lord Chancellor, | I am requested by my friend, the Revd. T.

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